today’s nytimes had a disturbing headline – the FDA now officially claims that marajuana has no medical benefits. this comes on the heels of the supreme court’s recent decision that the federal government can arrest anyone using marajuana even in the 11 states that now approve it.
it just amazes me how similar the US is to china. both countries are ruled by conservative old regimes that are painfully out of touch with the needs and aspirations of their citizens. in both countries, the citizens naively believe that they can go on with their lives, pursuing their progressive goals – make money and have fun.
in both cases, there is the feeling of a vise slowly closing. in the US the conservatives have been playing a brilliantly patient chess game. with control of the supreme court and both houses they are in sight of the end game already. we can all see the last moves coming…
– abolish abortion…prosecute personal marajuana use…reinstitute the draft…checkmate…now they can throw any youth political movement challenging their authority in jail or at least draft them (arguable a worse fate).
its normal these days for people to tell me i should be careful what i say on my blog. implication – that i shouldnt risk pissing off the government lest i face the FBI, IRS, CIA. are they serious? i say fuck that and shame on them for being too cowardly to stand up for our rights. wow. our forefathers had to fight real wars and put their lives on the line. my peers are too concerned with their comfortable lives to even risk a bad tax return. what happened? maybe it’s easier to have resolve against an enemy you can see.
now i’m not saying i’m doing much about this, cause i know i’m not. but we all have to start somewhere and saying out loud and in public what we all know in our hearts and share in our homes is a good start. revolutions start when with small steps. what’s our equivalent of a tea party? how about the washington pot party? why dont we get a million of us to smoke pot on the lawn of the washington monument? would you do it or would you rather wait till they come for you and then ask your silent scared neighbors to help?
and how about our new ‘leaders’ like mark warner or barak obama? where’s the outcry? their silence on these and many more issues is deafening. how is it that we dont have one mainstream leader, dem or republican, that’s got the balls to stand up to this totalitarian regime? hmm…maybe it’s because they all work for the same donors as we learned from mr. abramoff.
i for one look forward to the checkmate. lets see the government clamp down. go after those pot smoking liberals. throw a few goldman sachs i-bankers in jail along with some rabble rousing ivy league kids. hell, maybe they can even nab mark warner smoking a J on his farm. overthrow roe v wade and arrest some prominant young women on murder charges. then just wait for the kids to start protesting. oh yeah. it’s on. we’ve been waiting for you spoiled brats. maybe we can shoot a few and really shut you up….
only then will we see the everyone wake up. and then we will finally see the revolution that has been 14 years in the making. we will see real leaders emerge with real missions (to replace these hollow stick figures). there wont be room for apeasement in the midst of all out warfare. and we ants, armed with the internet will triumph.
here’s my questions to those of you loony enough to still be reading this.
1. do you agree that we have a corrupt government that no longer represents the people?
2. if so, are you doing anything about it? why not?
3. would you fight if there was a clear path?
4. why is your voice silent? why arent you joining me in this fight?
finally, i am launching a web based political party – the ant party. (you will find it antparty.org once matt puts it up.) i hope you will help me make this a reality. it’s my attempt to fight back the only way i know how. the idea is user generated politics. the idea is that we the people should set the agenda and pick the candidates and those people should be elected without selling their souls. i dont know if this is a good idea, and feel confident already that we arent getting the site right. so help us! we need people to think through the details of how the party should work, of site layout/UI.